Re: Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Dementia
Originally Posted by WVRed
Between Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma, I don't think there are two individuals who have done more for womens hoops.
I see Pat Summitt being a Jimmy Valvano type in bringing awareness to a certain illness. In a lot of ways the two are very similar in how Valvano carried himself after being diagnosed with cancer. I see Pat Summitt being the same in that she won't let dementia bring her down.
On the basketball court, I'd say Mickie DeMoss will likely be the head coach in waiting when Summitt does ultimately step down. Hopefully that doesn't happen for awhile though. Thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Good point. But in Jimmy Valvano's famous speech, he said that his cancer could not touch his mind, his heart or his soul. Unfortunately, Pat Summit's illness will touch her mind and when dementia hits a certain stage the person almost becomes a completely different individual...
"In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms, the game of ball is glorious"